NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk police seized nearly three pounds of marijuana in a pre-dawn raid on the home of a drug sales suspect near Tracey Elementary School on Thursday, police said.
The Norwalk Police Special Services Division received a tip last summer that a man was dealing drugs out of a Camp Street home near the school. Surveillance teams identified Camilo Ramirez, 26, of Camp Street as a suspect, according to police reports.
Ramirez sold marijuana out of the house to undercover officers on four occasions in the late summer and early fall, Lt. James Walsh said Thursday. Ramirez’s home borders the Tracey School property, and some of the deals occurred during school hours, he added.
“He was observed dealing during school hours, just feet from where children were playing,” Walsh said. Norwalk Police applied for arrest and search warrants, which were served early Thursday morning, before school hours. Ramirez was arrested without a struggle, police said.
Inside Ramirez’s home officers found nearly three pounds of marijuana individually wrapped and labeled for sale, according to the police report. Liquid and wax forms of marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms were also recovered, along with packaging materials, smoking devices and $3,000 in cash, Walsh said.
“The investigation is ongoing to recover other ill-gotten gains,” Walsh added.
Ramirez was charged with four counts each of possession and sale of less than 4 ounces marijuana in relation to the arrest warrants, with added charges for being within 1,500 feet of a school.
After Thursday’s raid he was also charged with operation of a drug factory, possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, possession of a hallucinogen and possession of drug paraphernalia, with extra charges for being within 1,500 feet of a school. He was held on a total bond of $150,000, and is due in court on Nov. 25.
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